Vice Pres. Pence outlines plan for new Space Force by 2020

Vice Pres. Pence outlines plan for new Space Force by 2020

Vice Pres. Pence outlines plan for new Space Force by 2020

We must have American dominance in space, so important.

The action will require Congressional approval. Military leaders and experts have questioned the wisdom of launching an expensive, bureaucratic new service branch.

Vice President Mike Pence announced August 9, 2018 that the United States would seek to establish a U.S. Space Force as a separate branch of the military by 2020.

It would involve defending USA space-based military assets like satellites and new technologies from foreign adversaries.

"If a Space Force brings more attention to the importance of space and space exploration, that could be very good broadly", she said.

"President Trump wants a SPACE FORCE - a groundbreaking endeavour for the future of America and the final frontier", read the email from the Trump campaign.

Pence portrayed the change as a response to foes' potential aggression rather than any offensive US military effort. China and Russian Federation are the nation's primary rivals in space. John McCain previous year, he said he opposed "the creation of a new military service and additional organizational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions".

"For many years, nations from Russian Federation and China to North Korea and Iran have pursued weapons to jam, blind and disable our navigation and communications satellites via electronic attacks from the ground", Pence said. The last time the USA created a new uniformed military service was in 1947, when the Air Force was launched after World War II.

Defense Secretary James Mattis has been among the skeptics who worry that a new branch of the military would create unnecessary and wasteful layers of bureaucracy while reducing rather than encouraging cooperation between existing branches.

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It would require a new headquarters and major organizational changes. Next year's budget will seek funding and authorization for the venture. "We have to adapt to that reality". "I don't. I wouldn't vote in favour of it".

The Pentagon's role in space has been under scrutiny because of a recognition that the United States is increasingly reliant on satellites which are hard to protect in space. Those satellites handle intelligence and surveillance, as well as command, control and communication, among other things. For example, Russian Federation and China are pursuing anti-satellite weapons, including lasers, to "reduce US military effectiveness". The Air Force is now in charge of the US military's space capabilities. In the second phase, the Pentagon would combine all the components into the new sixth branch of service.

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Joan Johnson-Freese, a space security expert at the Naval War College, told Brumfiel that she doesn't think a Space Force is now necessary. That includes everything from satellites enabling the Global Positioning System to sensors that help track missile launches. It also oversees Air Force cyberwarfare.

Mr Trump marked Pence's announcement with a tweet: "Space Force all the way!"

The Pentagon report included interim steps including creating a unified combatant command, known as the US Space Command, by the end of 2018, according to a copy reviewed by Reuters. It would be headed by a four-star general.

Pence identified interim steps to creation of the Space Force in two years. Last November, lawmakers shot down a proposal for a "Space Force", and Trump's new pet project could face continued legislative uncertainty. It will report to a civilian.

"Creating a separate service will just add to dysfunction at the Defense Department", he said. However, the creation of the new military body will have to be approved by Congress, with Pence stressing that the process will move forward with the aim of building the sixth body by 2020.

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